Health officials have dramatically expanded a recall of eggs after hundreds of people were sickened by a salmonella outbreak in three states, and possibly more.
Initially, 228 million eggs were recalled, but that number was increased to the equivalent of nearly 32 million dozen-egg cartons.
No deaths have been reported from the outbreaks in California, Colorado and Minnesota. Spikes or clusters of suspicious cases have also been reported in Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin.
Because the strain involved is the most common form of salmonella, health officials say determining the size of the outbreak is more challenging.
Eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps and Pacific Coast. Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, and loose eggs for institutional use and repackaging) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 229 and plant numbers 1720 and 1942.
Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton or printed on the case label. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1720 223.
For more information on the recall and on egg safety, click on the link below.
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